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Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
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Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

You just tried out for the school play. And who wants the lead part more than anyone? YOU! Imagine setting off to sail crystal-clear rivers all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Going bird-watching. Sleeping beneath the stars. But be careful what you wish for. That might not be the way it was for a private on the Lewis and Clark expedition …

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level7-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Trim Size8 x 10
Page Count32



SWON Library Consortium, Ohio - Charlene Bandurraga-Hole, The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

"A fascinating account that quickly draws the reader into the adventure. Kid-friendly with colorful illustrations, interesting information presented in short paragraphs and bubbles describing parts of the 8,000 mile journey that took 2 years and 4 months. Students doing in-depth reports will need more information but this will spark young readers' interest!" - SWON Library Consortium, Ohio

February 13, 2013

Booklist - Ann Kelley

"The year is 1804 and you’re Private George Shannon, a 17-year-old from Kentucky. Your mission? To join Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and “find a route to the Pacific Ocean, following the rivers as closely as possible.” Much cooler than simply reading about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, right? The titles in the Way It Was series offer role-playing (in the form of a school play) as an entry point to history. A narrator, who appears on most spreads, speaks directly to the reader, telling him or her how to feel (“you’re not scared”) and providing commentary as each crisis—mosquitoes! frostbite!—presents itself. Sidebars on each page supply the hard facts, while cartoonlike images reflect the playful tone of the main narration. Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition means facing the brutal winter at Fort Mandan and coming face-to-face with grizzly bears. In Your Life as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt, kids become Pharaoh Nebibi, living in 2401 BCE, who needs to supervise the construction of a pyramid. From there, readers wend through life in ancient Egypt, encountering tomb robbers and war. While the cartoon illustrations can make the Native Americans and Egyptians look stereotypical at times, for the most part, they’re lively and engaging. A ton of fun and the closest kids can get (so far) to a time machine." - Booklist

November 1, 2012

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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